WATCH: 'Lockdown's' chilling new trailer gives a first look at Sophie Lichaba in new role

Sophie Lichaba as Palesa in 'Lockdown.' (Photo supplied: Showmax)
Sophie Lichaba as Palesa in 'Lockdown.' (Photo supplied: Showmax)

Cape Town – The trailer for the fifth season of the Safta-winning prison drama Lockdown is out.

Notorious for its cliffhangers, plot twists and emotional rollercoasters, Lockdown takes viewers into the daily battle for survival in the cells and offices of Thabazimbi Women's Correctional Facility.

The new season will premiere on Showmax on 30 January with two episodes being released every Thursday.

As Season 5 picks up, Masebata's cult is no longer in power. Arch-rivals Mazet (Dawn Thandeka King) and Tyson (Lorcia Cooper are running the prison yard together, for now.

Governor Deborah Banda (Pamela Nomvete) is under pressure from the Department of Correctional Services, after one death too many at the prison. And Monde (Zola Nombona) is trying to make things right with Vicky (Lauren Jenae).

The action-packed two-minute trailer gives fans their first look at new star, Sophie Lichaba, aka Sophie Ndaba.

The actress plays Palesa, the head nurse at Kgotsong Asylum, a key location this season, where Monde's sister, Katlego (Natasha Thahane), has been transferred.

Speaking about her character, Sophie says: "Palesa's a broken woman who's been through it all. She's so broken she will do anything to feel better, even if it's not right."

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:

Binge season 1 – 4 on Showmax now.

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht